JD Martinez: West coast trip turned Detroit Tigers to sellers

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I've just got to take it for what it is and be excited in joining another good organization in Arizona.

The Diamondbacks sent a trio of infield prospects to Detroit in exchange for Martinez: third baseman/shortstop Dawel Lugo, shortstop Sergio Alcantara and second baseman Jose King.

The six-foot, 190-pound Lugo, who was signed by Toronto as an amateur free agent in 2011, was ranked the No. 2 prospect in Arizona's system by Baseball American and the No. 4 prospect by MLB.com.

"Tomorrow we'll come back and we'll try to win the series", Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said.

The Tigers are betting on quantity over quality here as none of the three youngsters are top rated prospects.

The switch-hitting Alcantara was batting.279 with three homers and 28 RBIs at Class A Visalia, while King, 18, was playing in the Arizona Rookie League. "What we got now, we're very happy with", Avila said.

Avila has played very well in his return to the Tigers, and he has the highest OPS for any Major League Baseball catcher this year with.938. The number of suitors for a rental player with below average defensive skills was not there in a market that is squarely focused on players with team control.

Vogt caught the throw home and tried to make a sweeping tag when Kuhl inadvertently bowled him over.

"Me and Al go way back". It will not be the last: Closer Justin Wilson figures to find a new home by July 31, as well, though nothing is imminent on his front, according to Avila.

Martinez is hitting.474 against left-handed pitching this year with six of his 16 home runs coming off southpaws.

The trade season is heating up (more trades are rumored to happen by the time this goes to press) and the Tigers and Dbacks are getting involved.

"I think that really turned the tables to being more sellers", Martinez said of the eight-game losing streak.

The Tigers probably aren't losing a lot of sleep over that possibility, simply because they hope and expect that Norris will spend the entire 2018 season in the big leagues.

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